"In 2005, it was reported that African Americans made up 8.1% (or 449) of individuals that served in the 5,572 Fortune 500 company board seats. Over 12+ years later, there are still a handful of African Americans in Chief Executive Operator (CEO) positions in these Fortune 500 companies. As a fellow African-American woman in my mid-40s who has experienced prejudice and unfair professional pressures for 25+ years in various organizations that lack diversity and innovation, this is a subject matter that touches me personally. It inspired me to research it further for my dissertation topic when I was enrolled in a doctoral degree; I even participated on a women’s panel discussing the topic and my intentions to complete a manuscript. This book shares my own experiences, and those of others who have been affected, and I am inspired to share it with an even bigger audience beyond academia that I know can personally relate." - Shanika Carter
Paperback: 118 pages
Publishing date: November 1, 2019
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback) $7.99 (e-book)
Shanika P. Carter is an author, freelance writer and editor, and adjunct communications instructor. After 15 years of freelancing, Shanika recently established a writing and editing business, The Write Flow & Vibe, LLC (www.writeflowandvibe.com). Her business attracts a variety of clientele, including fellow authors and businesses. She also provides career consulting, holding a consistent track record of successfully assisting clients in creating and revising their resumes to attract potential employers.
As an adjunct instructor, Shanika previously worked at ITT Technical Institute and Jackson College’s Prison Education Initiative program. She currently works in the writing center at Muskegon Community College and teaches interpersonal communications and speech at Montcalm Community College in Sidney, MI.
After graduating from Muskegon Heights High School (Muskegon Heights, MI), she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising from Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, MI and her Master of Science degree in communications from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, MI.
With this year’s release of To Lead or Not to Lead, her first book, Shanika aspires to continue writing more books, teaching, speaking, and growing her business. She has participated in panel discussions and workshops, speaking on her experiences as a professional writer, most recently taking part in Kent District Library’s annual writing conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Through the West Michigan Pen Society, a group Shanika started almost two years ago, she encourages fellow writers in an outlet where they share resources and their writing goals.
Finally, Shanika proudly professes her affiliations with her fellow Heights Tigers, MSU Spartans, GVSU Lakers, and Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated!